The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2008 Ratings: #21 / 774
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
Based on 32 ratings
July 14, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vagrant, Rough Trade / Label
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The Hold Steady weren't the likeliest candidates for success. Pulling together after the demise of the imaginative, verbose, and mostly overlooked indie act Lifter Puller, Craig Finn relocated to New York to start a new band. Holding to his distinctive poet-lost-at-karaoke delivery, Finn-- like the Replacements and Hüsker Dü before him-- began unashamedly mining classic rock radio for inspiration. Surprisingly, it's the latter group you can hear on opening track "Constructive Summer", and not just in its title's resemblance to one of Hüsker Dü's most celebrated songs.

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Track List

01. Constructive Summer
02. Sequestered in Memphis
03. One for the Cutters
04. Navy Sheets
05. Lord, I'm Discouraged
06. Both Crosses
07. Stay Positive
08. Magazines
09. Joke About Jamaica
10. Slapped Actress

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